The ABCs of IEPs: How to Interpret Individual Education Plans Effectively

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Learn about IEPs' legal framework, specialized terminology and how to interpret these assignments remotely. Register by March 24th and save $30!


If you interpret in U.S. schools, you know that Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are long, legal documents. IEPs help ensure that children with disabilities receive the kinds of instruction and services they need.

But IEP documents are complex. They’re filled with legal terms. How do you interpret them accurately? Attend this workshop to find out!

The ABCs of IEPs will give you a firm grounding in relevant federal laws. It will outline the sections and types of information in a typical IEP document. It will guide you in how to prepare for IEP meetings and give you resources for your personal glossary creation.

You will also learn to intervene when necessary (for example, to request clarification), get practice sight translating IEPs and assess the pros and cons of selecting modes in IEP meetings. Finally, you will tackle how to interpret IEPs remotely.

Holly Silvestri is an expert interpreter with a law degree, a former longtime teacher in K-12 schools and a professor of interpreting at the University of Arizona.


Feedback from our participants:

"I thought the instructor was great, very knowledgeable, approachable. The session was interesting and informative."

"Overall, I found the workshop extremely helpful, notably because of the lens Ms. Silvestri brings from her legal training."

"This was one the best IEP trainings I've ever had so far. Thank you!"


Instructor: Holly Silvestri, JD, PhD

Class Schedule: April 21, 2023 (Friday) 

Timetable: 12:00-5:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m.-2:00p.m. PT) with a break from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PT)


  • Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI): 4 CE hours 
  • International Medical Interpreters Association: 0.4 IMIA/NBCMI CEUs 
  • American Translators Association: 4 ATA CEPs

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify elements and sections of a typical IEP.
  2. Describe key federal laws pertaining to IEPs.
  3. Prepare to interpret for meetings to create, renew or modify IEPs.
  4. Locate resources for personal glossary creation for IEP meetings.
  5. Select appropriate modes to use during IEP meetings.
  6. Effectively intervene to request clarification or identify a communication breakdown.
  7. Address strategies for interpreting IEPs remotely.
  8. Practice sight translating IEP documents.

Target Audience:

  • Beginning and experienced educational, social services and healthcare interpreters.

Technical Requirements:

  • Desktop or laptop computer (recommend i5 processor or above) with webcam (The course may not be taken on a tablet, phone or other small device.)
  • Zoom (Updated Version)
  • Chrome or Firefox (Updated Version)
  • Quality headset with boom mounted microphone 
  • High speed internet (minimum 5 mbps upload/10 download) 
  • Ethernet cable (Must connect computer directly to router. Minimum quality CAT6)*
  • Ethernet to USB adapter (if needed)*
  • External Monitor*

*Recommended but not required

This course is limited to 20 participants. Once the course has reached capacity, those interested will be added to a waitlist in the order in which their inquiry is received.


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